Lockheed Martin has introduced an affordable approach that will drive cost savings into all phases of the Aegis weapons systems’ program, including production, integration and test.
The new $574 million contract includes the production of seven destroyers and an option for one Aegis Ashore assembly, which together will contribute to the United States Navy and Missile Defense Agency's layered defense system. The systems will operate the next generation integrated air and missile defense capability, Aegis Baseline 9, at their core.
"Four decades ago, the Aegis program was born at our facility in Moorestown - and today it has evolved into a national asset, both at sea and on shore," said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. "This contract represents the partnership and innovation of our joint government/industry team who are bringing the future of Aegis to the warfighter in an affordable and sustainable way."
The central component of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis weapons system is the SPY-1 radar, the most widely fielded naval phased array radar in the world. The team recently completed the 400th SPY-1 antenna at its Moorestown facility. The Aegis weapon system and SPY-1 radar are deployed on more than 100 ships worldwide.
The additional Aegis Ashore assembly will be built as part of the administration's European Phased Adaptive approach and deployed to Poland, the second Host Nation participating in the missile defense strategy. Aegis Ashore is an evolution of proven sea-based Aegis BMD capabilities and utilizes innovative adaptations for a land-based environment.
Lockheed Martin celebrated the official "light off" of the second Aegis Ashore system for Romania on Oct. 24, representing the system's operational readiness
Lockheed Martin celebrated the official "light off" of the Aegis Ashore system for Romania on Oct. 24, representing the system's operational readiness
Lockheed Martin successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target using the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and SM-3 Block IB guided missile. By successfully launching, tracking, and engaging the newest medium-range ballistic missile target configuration during this operational test, known as Flight Test - Standard Missile-22 (FTM-22), Aegis BMD continued to demonstrate its capabilities to defend against the world's increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile threats
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Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first live firing test of Aegis Combat System proving the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target. The latest Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) test marks the first test at sea and the second consecutive time this year, where Aegis used remote data to successfully intercept a target
The United States will send Japan additional two Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017, making a total of seven ships owned by the region. The US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement on Monday during a joint press conference with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after the two leaders met earlier to discuss a range of alliance issues, including the threat posed by North Korea
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